News You Need to Start the Week

by | Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach; ProQuest offers the Roger K. Summit Scholarship; Florida Poly Library to Be a digital resource; E-lending trial leads to click-through sales; The Harvard Library is Adopting Ex Libris Primo as Discovery System; HathiTrust Research Center announces recipients of prototyping project awards; Blackwell’s Learning launches this June in the UK; and Wolters Kluwer Health launches Pocket Primary Care.

PRC-Logo.png - www.pewresearch.orgMore online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach

“New findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised.

Findings from a January 2014 survey show that:

  • 18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information…
  • 21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission…”

The reports that “Florida Polytechnic University will be non-traditional in many ways, but one of the most dramatic alternatives to a typical university setting will be seen in the library. Or, rather, not seen.

When the university opens its doors to students this fall, the library will be almost completely online, although certain hardcover books will be available on an as-needed basis…”

“ProQuest is proud to present the Roger K. Summit Scholarship; open to all LIS students worldwide. The award is the equivalent of US $5,000 and is presented at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference or at a regional location in proximity to the winner.

Applicants must be students who are currently enrolled in an accredited library or information science program…

Download the Scholarship Application Today!

According to The Bookseller “the first UK e-lending trial involving major UK publishers has been positive … One thousand titles are currently available to borrow digitally under the scheme, which launched on 3rd March

The trial also saw borrowed e-books yield click-through purchases. In Derbyshire, for example, 20 e-books were bought from 464 loans in the first monitoring period—many of which were purchased while the reader was part of the way through the e-book…

InfoDOCKET notes that “the Harvard Library, following an extensive review of discovery systems, will adopt the Primo discovery and delivery system from Ex Libris…

According to this Harvard Library Tech Services post from about one month ago the plan is to go live with an initial launch of Primo in September.

Citing the HT March 2014 Update, InfoDOCKET also reports that The HathiTrust Research Center has announced “the recipients of 4 prototyping project awards, granted as part of the HathiTrust - www.hathitrust.orgWorkset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and directed by J. Stephen Downie (PI), Tim Cole (co-PI), and Beth Plale (co-PI).

Each project will receive $40,000 to develop a prototype over a nine-month period beginning in late April…”

GoodEreader reports that “Blackwell’s learning is launching this September and it will provide publishers with a secure additional sales channel, the ability to sell print and digital content in one place whilst gaining access to detailed consumer insight data. The service, which will integrate with university virtual learning environments and learning management systems, has been built in partnership with academics and students to ensure it meets the needs of key stakeholders from day one.

According to KnowledgeSpeak “Wolters Kluwer Health has launched Pocket Primary Care, a pocket-sized guidebook designed specifically for healthcare providers in outpatient settings…”

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